iOS 6 Apple Map Alternatives
With all the hooo haaaa with Apple’s new maps in Ios 6 we’ve decided to answer all your iOS 6 pleas for alternative maps until apple get their act together with their own. So don’t gel lost download on of these….
Google Maps Web App
If you still prefer using Google maps, you can go to their online map app in your browser and save it to your home screen. Its not as smooth as the native app, but it still has all the old features, including an addition beta cycle route planner.
Save Google Maps for your iOS device here
We also found Maps+ it’s a great app that uses Google online maps to locate you and gives you an array of options to search a map, plan a route and get directions with route alternatives.
You can also set up location based alarms if you want to remind yourself to stop by the local shop to pick up some groceries, and you can even record and edit GPS tracks.
Download Maps+ for your iOS device here
We also found Waze, another navigational app that is fun and easy to use. You can cleverly avoid traffic on your way to work with this community based app, which also enables you to let others know where there is traffic jams, hazards or accidents nearby are in their report section. The app is designed beautifully, with an animated start up guide to help you get going.
Its menu features allow you to search for your desired destination or bring up your saved ones. You can also use the category slider to help you find the closest services to you, so you can look for the nearest parking, bank, or car wash. If you want you can even share your location on social sites and arrange a meet up with your friends who are nearby.
Download Waze for your iOS device here
We also took a liking to the bing web and native map app, the maps are detailed and precise and you can easily make out tube and train stations, unlike the apple app. And you can also choose between 3 types of views, road, ariel and birds eye, depending on what you prefer. And when looking for directions you can choose whether you need walking, transport and driving instructions to your chosen destination.
You can use voice activated search if you need to be hands free to find addresses, shops or to find other new places to visit near you. Although the user interface and design of this app isn’t exactly pleasing on the eye, it is still a helpful tool to search for directions, or even to see what is available to you nearby.
Download Bing for your iOS device here
Finally, we have maps with me pro, it’s a quick and simple map app that allows you to choose a map by your country. You can then download the map in minutes and is then fully load it into your device.
You won’t have to use any internet access after you have downloaded the map, as searching and using the maps is totally offline.
You are shown different icons for bars, restaurants and stations nearby, but if you want to use the search option you will have to buy the pro version. One thing to bare in mind with this app is that it could drain your battery using GPS, so when you’re not using it, remember to close the app.
Download MapsWithMe Pro for your iOS device here
Hopefully these web and native apps can help you get around before Apple’s maps are up to speed!
What map alternatives do you use? Tell us in the comments below…
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